Armenan NA Speaker to Georgian President:There were some formulations in Baku that raised concerns in the Armenian society
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili was on an official visit to Armenia on March 13-14. Today, she met with the Speaker of the RA National Assembly Ararat Mirzoyan.
During the meeting Ararat Mirzoyan stated the following:
“Our strong relationship allows us to cooperate also in various international platforms, where our views on many issues coincide or are very close and we support each other. Of course, there are also issues, on which we have different positions. And, as to me, in such situation we must follow the principle of not damaging.
In some International organisations, for instance, the Armenian delegation abstains from the voting if the discussed formulations can damage the interests of our friendly Georgia. I think we can expect the same attitude from our Georgian counterparts.
The Nagorno Karabakh conflict should be solved solely through peaceful negotiations, and it stems from the interests of all of us. And there is an internationally accepted format that has a mandate to mediate in that negotiation process — OSCE Minsk Group. And Georgia, as a member of the OSCE Minsk Group supports the Minsk Group Co-Chairs’ formulations. I think we must make efforts to have, henceforth, these balanced, neutral formulations as a guide for all the talks on Nagorno Karabakh”. (non-official translation)
Parliament Speaker of Armenia raised concern about Georgian high-ranking officials’ recent statements on Nagorno Karabakh issue. As an example, he mentioned the joint declaration of Foreign Ministers of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia in October 29, where only one principle was mentioned.
“Madam President, during your last visit to Baku there were some formulations, which once again raised concerns in the Armenian society. All international structures, including the EU, clearly distinguish between the Artsakh conflict and other conflicts. I think generalized formulations for the various conflicts hurt our case”,- stated Mirzoyan.
In her turn, Salome Zourabichvili made statement, where worried about visits of Nagorno Karabakh delegations to Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
“As you know, there are two occupied territories in Georgia, and if we talk about the interests of the country, our main and only interest is that our sovereignty and territorial integrity be recognized, not only verbally, but actually.
It is very painful for us when delegations from Nagorno-Karabakh arrive in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and raise the issue as if these are the same type of conflicts, they try to find some kind of symmetry”, – Salome Zourabishvili said.
On March 13, at the joit press conference Armenian President Armen Sarkissian touched this issue as well. According to him, they discussed issues related to the settlement of regional conflicts.
“We have the same opinion with my Georgian counterpart that issues and conflicts are not identical, therefore the bases for their settlement are not identical as well. Nevertheless, to my personal conviction, solutions should be sought solely on a peaceful basis based on international law and norms and, in the case of Artsakh, on the basis of respect for the right to self-determination”. (unofficial translation)
During her visit to Azerbaijan, Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili stated: “100 years ago, we restored our independence; we even had a short-lived Federation. We have experienced what losing independence means and gone through tough years. Consequences of these hardships are still apparent in our states. We have restored independence and experienced similar tragedies in recent years. Today, we know what occupation means for a country, when the territorial integrity of a country is not yet restored. Occupation lines are open wounds for us that on the one hand impede our development”.
In the interview with Azerbaijan State News Agency Azertag she also made several statements on territorial integrity and unresolved conflicts.